Thurrock celebrates Merchant Navy Day
THURROCK Council will once again be recognising the contribution of the Merchant Navy with a special event this September.
The third of September marks Merchant Navy Day, which recognises and celebrates the men and women who have served and lost their lives throughout the First and Second World Wars.
The campaign is focused on raising money for Seafarers UK, a charity helping people in the maritime community by providing vital funding and support to seafarers in need and their families.
At an event on Monday 3 September at 10:20am, The Red Ensign flag of the Merchant Navy will be raised outside the Civic Offices in Grays, followed by a warm message from HRH The Earl of Wessex being read out by the Mayor to those in attendance.
Ahead of the event, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Barbara Rice, said: “It is very important that we recognise and remember the men and women who served in the Merchant Navy throughout history. They remain alive in our memories by commemorating their contribution and dedication to their country at events such as this.”
Cllr Deborah Huelin, Portfolio Holder for Communities, added: “This day is dear to my heart where my Grandfather served in both the First and Second World Wars and was in the Merchant Navy. Raising the Red Ensign once again signifies our commitment to remembering the sacrifices of those in the Merchant Navy; of their strength and dedication to their service, their people and their country.”
Donations to Seafarers UK can be made at www.merchantnavyfund.org/donate-now. You can find out more about upcoming events at www.thurrock.gov.uk/events